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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Belgian Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Brewed with a home brewer from Philadelphia


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2010
9-pint minicask drank at home over five days, Febraury 2009. I drank it my the pint. I drank it by the Westmalle glassful. I chucked it in a beef stew. And I noticed this beer get better and better - turning from sweet-yeasty to chewy-caramel as the cask ímaturedí. The body built as if it had been doing push-ups, flexing itís new-found malt depths. Just enough caramel-sundae in the finish, just enough spun-sugar on a nutty backbone to stop it all slip-sliding away. One of the most enjoyable minicasks Iíve had.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Thornbridge Hall Brewery, Ashford in the Water 21/02/2009 Malt aroma. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and a little fruity. Some bitterness and Belgian yeast flavours in a crisp and dry full malt finish.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5277) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Dover Beer Festival. Notes on the day - Belgian yeast flavours in a muddled British cask ale with caramel notes. Unsure, but acceptable. Thereís some nice flavours in this - bits of chocolate and coffee - but on the whole thereís too much going on, and it doesnít really settle into something that I would want again. Unbalanced, muddled, no definition, with as many off flavours as there are decent flavours. Alcohol notes - plastic - are felt. Some brown malts were brewed with some Belgian yeast and some hops were thrown in without any genuine conception of how the finished beer would taste. This is fairly poor for a Thornbridge. Quite amateurish. That said, it is drinkable, but itís just a bit disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2009
Cask - White Cliffs Beer Festival. A darkish brown with a small, loosely foamy head. Typical Belgian style aromas of an estery banana and caramel quality. A musty, yeasty flavour profile with hints of banana and some spice. Finally, a good, solid mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2009
Pint at Newcastle Arms. Interesting take on a belgian ale. Pour ir murky brown, with a foam head, not much carbonation. Smell is nice belgian-style, sweet banana, fruit and yeast. Tastes sugar/golden syrup, yeast, banana, malt, pretty enjoyable and unusual for an english brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Mini cask at the tasting at the Rake, 17th Jan 09, with harrisoni and chriso. Loads of banana ester and caramel on the nose. Expected Belgian dubbel appearance. Very Belgian taste with a nice hazelnut finish. Decent palate, maybe a tad flat. Sensible strength compared to many Belgian ales as well.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2009
Cask stillage at the Coopers Tavern, Burton. Medium brown with a foamy head and lightly fizzy, this is not especially aromatic but tastes authentically Belgian. Yeasty and boozy with hints of banana and spice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2009
Served from a mini cask at the Thornbridge tasting at The Rake. Belgian estery banana aroma. Uses a Belgian trappist yeast. Some maple sweet malts, some hop. In mouth itís softish, toffeeish. Not hugely carbonated. Banana/nutty/hazelnut, brown ale. Caramel. Caramel bananas. Just a little flat. Some hop on finish. Interesting.


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